Thursday, October 15, 2009

Minister of Defence Looking at Shipyards

Eleftherotypia newspaper reports that the new Minister of Defence Venizelos is preoccupied with the survival of the Skaramanga shipyards. For this reason he was briefed on the submarine issue (see here) by the General Director of Arms Procurement, Vasilakos and the Naval Chief Karamalikis. It appears that Vasilakos claimed that the submarines have not been accepted as there are operational issues with them. Karamalikis clarified to say that three of the four subs have no operational issues and could be accepted at this moment. He asked the minister to grant him some time to complete a report on the situation.

The newspaper points out that currently the shipyards only have the submarine program to work on and that the only other work it has to look forward to is the potential involvement in the building of FREMM frigates for the Navy. The decision to select the FREMM was taken by the previous government so its selection is no longer certain.

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